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  1. September has finally brought with it some good news for all of us. On Tuesday, people in Delhi woke up to the cleanest air it breathed in years, as the national capital recorded its air quality in the “good” category, with experts attributing it to favourable wind speed and good rains last month. The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 48 at 9 am on September 1st. Suprabhatam! And hello September!! Cleanest Delhi air since air quality index measurement began in 2015! Have a super day friends! pic.twitter.com/r4U6tSxtnp — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 1, 2020 Let us tell you which level is considered safe and which is severe. Air Quality Index (AQI): 1. 0-50 is taken as good air quality 2. 51-100 is satisfactory 3. 101-200 is moderate. 4. 201-300 is poor 5. 301-400 is very poor which causes problems like asthma and many other lung problems. 6. 401-500 is considered severe which causes the death of asthma patients and breathing problems. People on social media gave mixed reactions to this piece of news. Some were extremely happy with this development while others saw this as temporary, given that from next month onwards stubble burning will begin in nearby states - which is one of the main causes of pollution in Delhi. Check out some of the reactions here: And credit goes to @ArvindKejriwal — Suraj Kumar (@iamsurajka) September 1, 2020 Wait for another 3 months. — Neville (@NeViLLe_bt) September 1, 2020 Yep. Cleanest air because nothing's running. Another act of God. — Jyoti Singh (@synchronise1857) September 1, 2020 Let’s hope it lasts! — Ordinary Indian (@indian_ordinary) September 1, 2020 Stubble burning is coming next month. — Diddy🧢 (@immune_soul) September 1, 2020 At last some positive news — Krishna Nohwal (@KrishnaNohwal) September 1, 2020 Earlier on Monday, the city recorded a 24-hour average AQI of 41 which was the lowest since the Central Pollution Control Board started maintaining air quality records in 2015. Isn’t this phenomenal? According to reports, it was the fifth “good” day in terms of air quality this year. AQI values were 45, 50, 50 and 45 on March 28, August 13, August 20 and August 24, respectively. In fact, the AQI value remained between 50 and 70 on most days in August. Also, 2020 has been the cleanest year in terms of air quality, as it has recorded the maximum number of good-air days, so far. Of course, this could largely be because of the nationwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus global health scare. PTI quoted a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) official saying that the improvement in air quality can be attributed to favourable weather — good wind speed and rainfall and curbs due to COVID-19 pandemic. Finally some respite amid this dreary atmosphere we are living in and we truly hope this lasts. (With inputs from PTI) View the full article
  2. Weâve all tried our hand at using portable USB fans, handheld fans and anything else we can think of to keep us cool during the summers. However, there may just be the perfect gadget now available in Japan for everyone who needs a little bit cooling this summer. Sony created a wearable air conditioner called the Reon Pocket and has started selling it in Japan from this week. © Sony The wearable air conditioner was unveiled last year and Sony said the device supports both cooling and heating modes and can be used on the move. The device is quite small and looks very similar to Appleâs Magic Mouse. It can be worn near your neck and even comes with an undershirt with a pocket to place the Reon Pocket. The shirt is quite breathable as it is made of plaster fabric and has seams to hide the air conditioner in the pocket. You can also use your own undershirts but Sony suggests it should be loose and breathable clothing for the device to be effective. © Sony The Sony Reon Pocket is not meant to be used while working out or anything that involves intense sweating. In order to control the device, one needs to use its smartphone app that connects via Bluetooth. It can even be used manually as users can choose from four different temperature levels. The portable air conditioner is currently only available to buy in Japan and we desperately need it here in India as air conditioners are ramping up huge electricity bills ever since people have started to work from home. © Sony The Sony Reon Pocket costs around 13,000 Yen in Japan which translates to roughly Rs 9,100. The undershirt is sold separately for Rs 1260. However, there is no news whether we would see this product outside of Japan. Sony did show off a âLiteâ variant of the device last year where one could only use the manual modes; however, it seems like Sony may launch that later in the year. Would you buy a wearable air conditioner if Sony sold the Reon Pocket here in India? It does sound like a whacky idea but could just be the solution to our hot weather and high electricity bills. View the full article
  3. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon is considered to be a controversial businessman who has had to answer some unimaginable questions when he was actively involved in the numerous storylines WWE used to prepare for their superstars. However, off camera, if you ask some of the biggest wrestlers of the company, both retired and currently performing, they would tell you how incredible and passionate of a man he is, especially when it comes to pro-wrestling. All time great, Kurt Angle spoke about one of his fondest memories with the mastermind McMahon in an interview with a wrestling YouTube channel Inside The Ropes. It was a story from the early 2000s in which some of the elite-level performers of the show, including the Undertaker, the Hardy Boys and Chris Jericho were flying in a private jet hired by their boss who was sitting at the front end of the plane. âI remember when he wanted to wrestle me on an airplane and we had a seven-hour wrestling feud that just kept going on and on," Angle said. "He would jump on me and weâd wrestle and Iâd get him to the ground and heâd say, âokay okay let me up,â and heâd go back and sit down and then ten minutes later heâd jump on me again." Angle continued, "It was a long plane ride and it was just Vince drinking wine and wrestling me. Iâll never forget at one point, the flight attendant came back and said âIf you guys donât stop heâs going to ground this plane and you guys are going to get kicked offâ. And Vince said to him âTell the pilot to go f himself, Iâll buy the f*ing planeâ. "Thatâs just Vince, he likes to have fun and he likes to be challenged at every aspect of his life. Heâs not just a very responsible owner of one of the biggest companies in the world, heâs a big kid, he likes to have fun, and he likes competition," Angle said. He added, "When we were landing the plane, right when we touched ground, Chris Jericho was sitting behind me and said âKurt look in the aisleâ and I looked in the aisle and Vince was army crawling to jump on me again. He wasnât going to quit until this plane was landed and we got off it. It was a long trip, I didnât get any sleep and Vince had the time of his life. He never took me down, no. âIf he claims he does heâs lying. I donât think he would do that but let me tell you this: Vince is one tough son of a gun. He likes to be challenged. Heâs one of those guys who would go up to Mike Tyson and say âPunch me as hard as you canâ because he wants to feel it. Heâs that kind of individual. He wants to experience the best. Vince is a rare breed." Even though Vince did not need to put his body on the line and get slammed around by giant men like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, he did it for two reasons. One, it got some excellent reactions from the crowd who were booing him more than half the time and two, he simply loved the feeling of personally getting involved in a âwrestling matchâ. View the full article
  4. Fresh off a blazing-hot album drop with 2020âs Mr. Nair, Dilin Nair AKA Raftaar took over our very own MensXP Instagram - sharing juicy deets about his new album along with fun sessions alongside hundreds of fans - encouraging them to share their own covers and original raps, promoting the spirit of creativity that has fueled desi hip-hop all the way through itâs early days to the talent powerhouse it is today. © MensXP/Raftaar This week also saw the release of Mr. Nairâs latest music video with Me and My Pen - a serious banger that draws on killer lyrics from Raftaar and Shah Rule, combined with a slick âshinobiâ aesthetic. In the livestream, the rapper explains that the message of the song is to âkeep your attention on your pen and words, your appearance will always change.â Check it out below. Raftaar kicked off the session by giving a shoutout to a young fan who was busy streaming the new album along with his mother - following it up with a request to fans to not just listen to the album - but understand it as well. This makes complete sense given the lyrical depth of Mr. Nair - while it does have the usual hard-hitting tracks weâve come to expect from Raaftar such as the aforementioned Me And My Pen, The School Song and album closer Proud, thereâs a hint of autobiographical wordplay layered across each one of its 16 songs. Whatâs my personal favourite? Itâs gottaâ be Dilli Waali Baatcheet - a song that rips apart everything from social media hypocrisy and personal controversy with some of the rapperâs best lines to date. Returning to the livestream, Raftaar also dropped a fun easter egg from the album cover - take a closer look at the rapperâs neck on the album art, and you might spot the outline of Kerala in the form of a tattoo, echoing the rapperâs roots from Thiruvananthapuram. © Zee Music Company The questions coming in from fans got straight to the point as well, with the rapper answering key questions on much-speculated collabs and unreleased tracks that Raftaar has, so far, only performed on stage - two major points of interest were Raftaar teasing a future release of fan favourite Chopper Flow ft. Manj Musik, and a future collaboration with none other than Pakistani-American artist BOHEMIA - who paved the way for desi hip-hop back in the mid-2000s. Name your favourite EUPHORIA song. Go follow them right now on Euphoria . I specially request all the 80s and 90s baby... Posted by Raftaar on Wednesday, February 27, 2019âI donât want to say too much,â admits Raftaar after confirming a song in the works. âI want to just put the product in front of you since I love that element of surprise.â Along with fan interactions and insider information, Raftaar also took a pretty serious question head-on, ready and willing to discuss his diss history with Mumbai-based rapper Emiway. âIt started off because he had a misconception,â Raftaar shares. âThen, it got blown out of proportion. Now, thereâs no fight, itâs very tu-tu, mein-mein. Weâre just putting fingers on each other, aur woh chalta hi rahega - thereâs no end to it. I donât know when or how itâll stop, it is what it is, man. Mere paas samay nahi hain.â Finally, Raftaar opened up the IG Live to introduce fans who wanted to drop their own bars - while some amateurs stepped up to share their skills, one stood out from the crowd - dropping a flow so sick Raftaar couldnât help but beatbox along. View this post on Instagrambht bht shukriya @raftaarmusic bhaiðââï¸ Dil Khush hojata hai jb apke Fav rapper se baat hojae and then wo apke kaam ko appreciate kre ye chota sa live jam session galat vibe degya ek damâ¤ð¥ and when you said now we have 2 smokey in the industry @smokey_theghost & me (King Smokey) that means alot @raftaarmusic paaji. and apke words full power degye just want to say I respect you alot love you @raftaarmusic ðâ¤ð¯ @teamdevilmusic #KingSmokey #teamdevilmusicA post shared by (@thekingsmokey_) With a quick âAdios!â, Raftaar wrapped up the livestream and kept us waiting with the promise of more to come. View the full article
  5. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is hands down one of the best TV shows that exist and there's probably not a single person who hasn't watched the show and loved the hilariously dysfunctional family. With the country under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a lot of popular shows are coming back on air because everyone loves to feel a little bit nostalgic. After Ramayan and Mahabharat, now even Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and Khichdi are making a comeback as well and honestly, that should be enough to keep everyone who can stay at home during this pandemic remain indoors. © hats off productions The best thing about the show was how every character was hilarious and how good the chemistry among the entire cast was. And, who wouldn't want to see Maya and Monisha fight once again with Indravadan aggravating them even more? And, how can we forget Maya's iconic insults, and Rosesh's poems that we can still quote to this day. The show is 16 years old and yet, people still talk about it all the time. Now, that's how you know you've made an incredible show. And since it first started airing almost two decades ago, the cast has changed a lot, so here's how everyone looks now. After all, it'll be a great throwback before we catch the episodes today. Ratna Pathak Shah - Maya Sarabhai © sarabhai The woman, the myth, the legend. While all Hindi daily soaps were filled with âsaas-bahuâ fights, Maya was not like every evil âsaasâ, in fact, I'm pretty sure she would call all of them middle class and downmarket. Satish Shah - Indravadan Sarabhai © sarabhai The man who caused almost every fight Maya and Monisha had, he was hilarious and his jibes at Maya and him annoying Rosesh to the point where he goes 'MOMMA' were one of the biggest highlights. Rupali Ganguly - Monisha Sarabhai © sarabhai The bargain queen! She has never paid full price for anything in her life and honestly, sp much respect. Moreover, whining 'Sahil' and 'daddyji' were just loved by everyone. Sumeet Raghavan - Sahil Sarabhai © sarabhai Probably the only normal person in the family but he still had his moments. And, it was just straight-up hilarious to see him get caught between his mom and his wife in every episode. Rajesh Kumar - Rosesh Sarabhai © sarabhai 'Momma ka purse jaise hospital ki pyaari koi nurse' - so many chills, Rupi Kaur, who? His poems were honestly way ahead of his times, there were so profound. I'm not kidding when I say I would buy an entire book of his eccentric poems, they're just that amazing. View the full article
  6. Indiaâs national air carrier, Air India has been monumental in several rescue missions historically and continues to do so amidst the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. Its latest heroic feat though drew appreciation from the most unlikely quarters - Pakistanâs Air Traffic Control (ATC). Air India recently operated two flights - a Boeing 777 and a 787 - to ferry European and Canadian citizens stuck in India amidst the lockdown to Frankfurt, Germany, along with relief materials from New Delhi and Mumbai. On its way to Frankfurt, when the flights entered the Pakistani airspace, the exchange between the Indian pilot and Pakistanâs ATC is something we all feel about the Airlineâs achievement. "As we entered Pakistan's Flight Information Region (FIR) and the Pakistan Air Traffic Controller (ATC) greeted us 'Assalaam Alaikum! This is Karachi's control welcoming Air India for relief flights to Frankfurt,â" the senior captain of the relief flight told ANI in an exclusive interview. Pakistanâs Air Traffic Control didnât just welcome the Air India flights into their airspace but they also took a moment to appreciate the efforts of the latter at a time when no kind gesture is too small and no person too big to help. © Reuters After Pakistan's ATC cleared the Air India flights through the countryâs Flight Information Region, they were quoted saying, "We are proud of you that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights, good luck!" "Thank you so much," the captain of the flight responded. But that wasnât all. Pakistanâs ATC also helped the AI flights get clearance from the Iranian airspace by conveying the Indian jetsâ cor-ordinates and other details to the Tehran ATC. "For the first time in my entire career as a pilot, Iran gave a direct routing for about 1,000 miles, a privilege enjoyed as special flights, in all especially in the recent tense situation in the Iranian airspace," the AI captain told ANI. The gesture has been drawing praises on Twitter as people are calling this a victory for humanity: Before everything else we are humans , we need compassion , love , appreciation and togetherness. Borders , hatred , intolerance , inequality are all the constructs of insecure distrustful little souls. â Stay Home Stay Safe (@battleofshire) April 5, 2020Humanity never dies Sir. â syedfasiuddin (@syedfas10002423) April 5, 2020Awesome to hear that! Ofcourse humanity comes first and afterall we are all part of same motherland divided by politics!The common ppl there live n some of wrst conditions & hv zero rivlary with India. lyk here cuz f a grp of hatemongers,the undue hate exists. kudos! Thks 2 dm â Sruthy Suresh (@Sru2890) April 5, 2020Thanks Shashi and the captain of Air India for sharing love message. Let's defeated hate with love #SpreadTheLove #WorldFightsCorona #IndiaFightsCorona â Ahmar Siddiqui (@ahmar_99) April 5, 2020Air India will operate 18 more flights to ferry German, French, Irish and Canadian nationals stuck in India, as requested by their respective embassies. Besides this, the airlines will also bring in essential medical equipment to Delhi from Shanghai via cargo flights scheduled to run till April 9. While these unsung heroes continue to do their bit in fighting the pandemic, we request our readers to also contribute in saving the world in the easiest way possible - by staying home. View the full article
  7. Taking to Instagram, the Split star said she developed 'mild flu-like symptoms' 18 days ago.
  8. Mass evacuations are nothing new for Indiaâs flag carrier airline. Way back in 1990, Air India helped save over 100,000 lives by coordinating the Gulf War evacuation, a mass-scale effort that lasted 59 days and cemented the airline in record books and even the silver screen in 2016âs Airlift. Medical evacuations are quite a different ballgame, however. Earlier this February, flights 1348 and 1349 from Wuhan to Delhi marked a major achievement for Air India, as it successfully planned and executed its first ever medical evacuation across the airlineâs 73-year history. Hereâs how it went down, and how Air India plans to conduct itâs next coronavirus mission to and from Tel Aviv, Israel. The Game Plan © Reuters Caption:The aircraft used to carry the mission out were a pair of Boeing 747s, staffed by 15 cabin crew members and two sets of pilots. Presiding over the Wuhan mission and present on both flights was Captain Amitabh Singh, Director of Operations, Air India - the very man behind wartime evacuations from Iraq, Jordan & Kuwait. Despite having barely a day to rescue 647 stranded Indians, Singh was confident in the capabilities of his 20-man team. "Fortunately,â remarked Singh, âsince Air India has always been involved in a lot of evacuations, we have a team that is always ready and we just had to pick up the phone and tell the team that this is the operation." The first challenge came as a result of the Chinese authoritiesâ airport schedule, which forced Air India to plan for an 8PM CST landing - meaning that time was of the essence for the departure crew in Delhi. âBoth the flights left Delhi at 12.50 in the afternoon,â continued Singh. âThe first time the aircraft was on the ground for six-and-a-half hours in Wuhan while on the second flight we stayed for eight hours and 15 minutes. Those who were operating the special flights were only allowed to go till the aerobridge.â What Happened In Wuhan © Reuters Caption: Staff wearing protective suits wait to check passengers boarding flights in Wuhan. While getting to Wuhan was the easy part, Captain Singhâs main challenges would stem from the fact that the Chinese city was under total lockdown - meaning that no supplies, medical equipment or spares for the aircraft would be available to him. The solution was simple - Captain Singh manned the aircraft not just with cabin crew and a team of equipped medical professionals - the aircraft also carried engineering staff with spares, commercial staff to calculate load once the airliner was ready for takeoff, a pair of doctors and dispatchers who had to coordinate with Air Traffic Control. After landing in Wuhan, the local Indian Consulate began to coordinate with Captain Singhâs team - sending evacuees in batches to the airport as the aircraft was refuelled and system checks were conducted. Finally, a systematic three-layer check was carried out by the medical team before allowing any of the evacuees home - flights 1348 and 1349 were clearly not interested in taking any chances. In Flight Clinic © Reuters Caption: A view of the Boeing 747 carrying out an emergency stop at Mumbai airport. Hereâs where the unique design of the Boeing 747 came into play, and why it was chosen by Captain Singh for the mission - take a look at the photograph above. Behind the smaller Boeing 777, the 747 looms at a towering 64 feet, owing to its double decker design. While the upper floor on the aircraft was reserved for the pilots and cabin crew, the first-class section underneath the cockpit was reserved for doctors and engineers. The doctors for both flights were separately selected from Delhiâs Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung Hospitals. Even after the stringent screening process, the doctors set up a makeshift clinic in the aerobridge which carried all the evacuees - giving the passengers information on their situation and instructing them on how to wear facemasks and the hygiene standards they would have to maintain in order to curb the virusâ spread. Soon after, India would repeat this feat by rescuing 263 Indians from Italy, which has the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. The Tel Aviv Operation © Reuters Caption: A single orthodox Jewish man goes through Tel Avivâs deserted airport. Following Prime Minister Modiâs lockdown announcement this Tuesday, the Indian Pilots Guild and Indian Commercial Pilots Association wrote a joint letter to the PMâs office, asserting their support and willingness to carry out operations regardless of the pandemicâs scale. "Air India as the national carrier has always been proud to fulfill a myriad of diverse and challenging missions, whenever required by the government to fulfill this obligation," it read. The letter echoes the sentiment behind a mission thatâs currently underway at the time of writing this piece - flying 300 stranded Israelis to Tel Aviv, and returning with Indian nationals stuck in the Israeli capital. While the number of Indians weâll be seeing at Delhi airport after the flightâs return was not divulged, the aircraft chosen was a Boeing 777, which as per Air Indiaâs specifications, can fit upto 368 passengers. Air Indiaâs next evac mission is to evacuate about 20,000 Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia, which has 900 cases confirmed - officials have not shared any more details. Itâll prove to be the airlineâs biggest evacuation challenge since the Gulf War. Thankfully, we definitely have the best man for the job. View the full article
  9. We've all heard that there are as many as seven people in the world who look exactly like you. But, Meghan Markle definitely has more because I have officially lost count of the number of people who have claimed and continue to claim that they look exactly like her. View the full article
  10. Co-produced by Abdullah Kadwaani and Asad Qureshi, Muqaddar will air on Geo from Monday night, February 17.
  11. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan meets Pakistan Junior Squash Team. Photo: Geo.tv/HandoutChief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, on Thursday congratulated the Pakistan Junior Squash Team on their performance in the recently-concluded British Junior Open Squash Championship at Birmingham, according to a press release. The Air Chief, who is also the president of the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), met the team and lauded them on their performance and awarded cash prizes to the players. Read more: Squash starlet Hamza Khan clinches British Junior Open 2020 The air marshal awarded Hamza Khan a cash prize worth Rs500,000 for winning the under-15 title. Air chief awards cash prize worth 5 lakhs to British Junior Open winner Hamza Khan. Photo: Geo.tv/HandoutWhile interacting with the players, the Air Chief said the nation was proud of young squash player Hamza Khan, who brought laurels to the country by winning the championship after eight years. He appreciated the hard work put in by the coaching staff for providing international standard training and coaching facilities to the young players. He also lauded the PSF's efforts in making concerted efforts for bringing back the lost glory in the game of squash.
  12. Delhi's air pollution problem needed urgent fixing and the government has finally launched a pilot project to tackle the ongoing problem of smog. In the capital, a 20-feet air purifier has been installed in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market. © Kickstarter/Concept Image The Air Purifier tower has been installed to reduce the particulate matter in the area and experts involved with the project claim it will be able to reduce the same by 80%. Delhi has experienced dangerous levels of air pollution this winter which has been at an alarming level these past few days. © Youtube This is not the first time we've seen air purifiers being installed in cities to combat the problem of air pollution. China has already been experimenting with air purifiers appropriate for cities for a while and has installed the world's biggest air purifier two years ago. As a result of the same, air quality saw improvement in an area of 10 square kilometres over a period of few months and the tower produced more than 10 million cubic metres of clean air in the same period of time. #Delhi gets first #smog tower to combat #Airpollution in LajpatNagar, cost borne by @BjpEastdelhi's #MP @GautamGambhir Foundation - delhi news - Hindustan Times pic.twitter.com/4SYljfDAha — The Sunil Kapoor™ (@sunilkapoor8) January 3, 2020 Similarly, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to take inspiration from China and come up with a roadmap on installing smog towers in NCR. The newly installed tower cost Rs 7 lakh and was procured by the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. The average running cost of the tower is Rs 30,000 per month and will be paid by the traders' association of Lajpat Nagar. This particular smog tower will treat the air in a circumference area of 500-750 square meters and will be able to treat 2,50,000 to 6,00,000 cubic metre of air per day. View the full article
  13. It's the beginning of a new year, and it looks like Samsung is looking to kick things off in the tech space with a new TV that looks like the one to buy this year. Samsung usually shows off new products at the CES show floor but this year, it looks like we won't have to wait for that. According to a German site 4KFilme, Samsung's new 8K TV will be ready to ship this year. The site has posted the pictures of these TVs on its site and says those are the first pictures of the 8K set which might be called the Q900T or Q950T. © 4KFilme We're not sure if the images are accurate, but if they are, then we're looking at the first TV with almost no bezels. We say almost because there's still a noticeable chin at the bottom. It's still smaller than the ones found on other TVs but it looks a little big compared to the other three sides. The site also says that it'll ship with a soundbar-friendly stand and a gap-free wall mount like before. Gap-free wall mount, for those of you who don't know, makes it look as if the panel is hung on the wall like a poster or a photo frame. From a distance, it looks as if you're using a projector to project the visuals on the wall. © 4KFilme Pricing of the TV is still unknown, so we'll still have to wait for that. But obviously, it won't come cheap. We're talking about a TV that has zero bezels after all. It might have a footprint of 65-inches or so because we doubt it'll be feasible to support a massive panel without the bezels. All said and done, we're glad that Samsung is still continuing to push the boundaries and cut off the bezels. This is something that we've been seeing a lot on smartphones and needless to say we'd be very happy to have TVs with so slim bezels. If you have a minimal living room space, then something like this would fit right in. We're also not sure about its India availability yet. So, till then, we have to make peace with Samsung's "The Wall" displays that can cost you to up to Rs 12 crore depending on the size of the panel. Source: 4KFilme View the full article
  14. Men wear protective masks in Pakistan, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza/FilesISLAMABAD: The prevailing dry weather, coupled with increased humidity and vehicular emissions, have turned the federal capital's air quality unhealthy as an increased ratio of hazardous pollutants was recorded since November. According to the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) air quality data, a high value of particulate matter was recorded — at 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which not only exceeded the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) of 35 micrograms per meter cube (mg/m³) but also the World Health Organization's (WHO) fine PM2.5 24-hour mean of 20mg/m³. The PM2.5 pollution level further exceeded the permissible ratio of 35mg/m³, which was recorded at 71.35 mg/m³ — the highest-ever in the federal capital. In its report, the WHO had claimed air pollution caused a huge number of premature deaths. PM2.5 was found to be a hazardous pollutant that could penetrate human blood through lungs cells. According to the Pakistan EPA's daily ambient air quality report of Islamabad, the 24-hour average ratio of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) were 44.21mg/m³ and 51.70mg/m³, respectively, against the NEQS' 80mg/m³ and 120mg/m³. The data was recorded by calibrated air quality monitors fixed at particular positions with proper readings. However, the PM2.5 concentrations during the day and evening times were recorded to be slightly high, whereas the federal capital's overall ambient air quality was not healthier today. Any other data from any source presenting ambient air quality of Islamabad was neither verified nor approved by the Pakistan EPA, the report said.
  15. Photo: FileJERUSALEM: Israeli military aircraft carried out air strikes against the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, the army said, in what it called a response to a rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave. Warning sirens had cut short a rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he campaigned on the eve of his Likud party's primaries being held on Thursday, public television reported. "Planes and helicopters hit several Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Military posts were among the targets," the Israeli army said in a statement. The army had earlier said "a projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system". Israel's public broadcaster KAN 11 showed images of a security guard informing Netanyahu of a "red alert" late Wednesday. The prime minister waved goodbye before being hustled from the room with his wife Sarah. On September 10, the head of the Likud party had also been evacuated from an election rally, in the southern city of Ashdod, after sirens warned of an attack from Gaza. On Thursday, the embattled premier will face off against longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud leadership contest that could threaten his grip on power. Last week, two rocket attacks were launched against Israel from Gaza without causing injury, Israel's army said. In response, Israeli warplanes twice bombed Hamas installations in the enclave. Israel holds the Islamist movement responsible for all rocket attacks coming from Gaza, though the Jewish state also targets other armed groups operating there. Since 2008, Israel has waged three wars against Hamas and its armed allies in Gaza, where two million Palestinians live amid violence, poverty and a 10-year Israeli blockade.
  16. What is the weather in Lahore today? The weather in Lahore today is expected to be partly sunny, with the highest temperature expected to reach 17° and the lowest temperature expected to reach 7°. What is the air quality (AQI) in Lahore today? The air quality in Lahore today is Hazardous, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 414. Humidity: 81% Wind: 2.2 km/h Pressure: 1018 mb
  17. What is the weather in Islamabad today?The weather in Islamabad today is expected to be cloudy and sunny, with the highest temperature expected to reach 19°and the lowest temperature expected to reach 6°. What is the air quality (AQI) in Islamabad today?The air quality in Islamabad today is unhealthy, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 158 .Humidity: 33% Wind: 16.6 km/hPressure: 1019 mb
  18. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: FileAn air ambulance will arrive in Lahore tomorrow (Wednesday) to take former prime minister Nawaz Sharif out of the country for treatment, said PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday.The...
  19. Photo courtesy People.comActress Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Trump Jr, the US president?s son, got into a heated exchange on-air during an episode of the talk show, The View.It all began after a host of the show questioned the president?s...
  20. The capital of India has been going through several shifts years on end with varying governments and different issues, which have made the city a bit stagnant from time to time. While Nirbahya was being debated and discussed, many people gathered in numbers to protest the outwardness of shame and the lack of civil and government responsibility, altogether. Nirbhaya affected many on a fundamental level, especially the women, who were concerned about their safety in the city. But it didn't really reach a level of concern where every citizen, from a working official to even an autowallah spoke out it with absolute bias. But that's the entire dilemma of a pressing issue. It affects a few while many become complacent towards it, assuming the government will do whatever it can to resolve it. © PTI But this time, things were different in Delhi because they impacted every individual residing in the city. Delhi's polluted air has become a global conversation, because it's the first time in the history of an economically developing state, to go through something so fundamental and basic. The alarming level of pollution hitting the city is ineffable. The rising Air Quality Index (AQI) has become a cause for concern and Delhi's almost unliveable so to speak. The demand for clean air is almost poetic now and because it's something that's available on an autopilot, complacency to act on dispensing more toxic air from the surroundings has risen tremendously. PM 2.5, fine particulate matter that can permeate through even masks and enter the bloodstream and cause major health issues, is part of this toxic air the citizens are breathing in the national capital and even after enforcing laws to reduce pollution in the city, the city still breathes in poison. © Indian Express Most of the unhealthy air comes from Punjab, where the farmers burn stubble during harvest season since they have no other way to rid the leftover crop. Stubble burning produces hazardous air, which is then carried away by the wind, towards the capital and other neighbouring cities. Although stubble burning became a big part of the harvest cycle since the past few years, the stagnation of polluted and toxic air was overlooked by all ruling governments in the past, till it actually became a visible hell for the residents of the city. Apart from the stubble burning, the other factors contributing towards the rising AQI were, obviously, firecrackers since harvest usually comes around Diwali, dust from the roads, industrial pollution and pollution caused by the vehicles on the road. All these contributing factors are risking a population of almost 2 crores, while the inadequate action taken by both State and the Central Government is almost deafening. © Let Me Breath Keeping all these nuances in place, Delhi saw something very different for the first time. Almost 1,500 people gathered around Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate on the 5th of November 2019 to address the lack of political will on sustainably tackling the monstrous issue at hand. What was different about this protest? Well, the demand for seeking very basic and fundamental-clean and breathable air. The fact that people threw caution to the wind in openly defying the police and came out to protest tells us how bad the situation really is. From influencers in every realm to even autowallahs, everyone had an opinion to express and, of course, the most legit question of the moment was- what are the immediate steps to tackle the situation at hand? The protest was organised by Vimlendu Jha, a renowned environmentalist, Shuchir Suri, founder of Food Talk India and Tamseel Hussain from the 'Let Me Breath' Foundation which uses mobile storytelling and public engagement to help people fight climate change and pollution issues in the country. "What started with an Instagram post in just 36 hours brought thousands of people on the streets. People spoke about protecting farmers and solving the stubble burning issue, protecting forests, reducing pollution through better transport amongst many things. But the most critical part of their demands was asking the CM Kejriwal, PM Modi, CM Khattar, CM Yogi and CM Captain Singh to work together and solve this crisis. They don't want to be a part of the blame game - but want to be a part of a solution. They are sick of this bullshit" - Tamseel told MensXP in an interview. © Let Me Breath While people stood with placards talking about the harmful effects of pollution in the city, many also targeted the government's inaction in the matter. People were more concerned about the political will of the leaders and wanted to know how they would eventually tackle this grave situation. While the initiators believed the present party leaders need to centralise this issue and talk about the solution while sitting together for a meeting, which would provide an immediate remedy, many people also sought to find the answers right then and there. © Twitter "If you believe in something wholeheartedly, it does manifest before your eyes. I had been distraught with Delhi's hazardous pollution situation and thought as a citizen it is my duty to speak up. What started as an innocent Instagram post, transformed into a mass gathering of 1500+ people with a clear agenda of demanding immediate action from our politicians and policy makers. Ranging from students to senior citizens, our common slogan at the protest was 'Right to Breathe'. Moving forward I request all our media channels to play their role in bringing about a change. Clean India starts with Clean Air," said Shuchir Suri, in an interview with MensXP. Mass protest at the India Gate on Tuesday evening to demand clean air @IndianExpress#DelhiPollution #DelhiAirQuality #DelhiAirEmergency pic.twitter.com/PD4yUagFEq — Vidhi Verma (@vidhiverma019) November 5, 2019 While we wait for a tangible solution, there are things we can definitely do to bring down the carbon footprint and relate to the air we're breathing, For instance, plant more trees, decrease industrialisation around cities, promote forest welfare and stop deforestation, stop inhibiting animal land, carpooling to work and reduce the amount of infrastructure construction in the cities. Even though these are more long-term, if practised now, our future generations wouldn't have to live to see an almost apocalyptic space and time! © Twitter "I was away on Diwali, so it was a drastic and sudden air quality difference for me. I landed on Nov 1st after a long vacation on a remote island in South-East Asia (with pristine air) and was shocked at how I was gasping for breath when I got out in the city. Readings on my purifier were off the charts (20 AQI after a night locked in my bedroom- which shoots up to 650+ if my room door is left open for a few minutes) It was/is unbelievable and I took to social media to share my thoughts about how it is not okay for us to normalize this. The AQI is beyond severe and this is not a quality of life any of us should settle for. Protests are necessary in a democracy to get your voice heard and find solidarity. While some of us have been screaming ourselves hoarse over this, there are so many others who aren't informed enough to even know the extent of how bad the air is. (There are kids who still play out in the park!) It was great to see people +media braving the air and coming out last evening to protest. I just read that the PM has called for an enquiry, which is a start." said Shyma Shetty, co-founder of HUEMN, who was also present at the protest that took place. © Twitter A lot of school-kids, who relate to the rising level of pollution very personally, were also protesting and they seemed absolutely disappointed in knowing there has been no solution to this problem yet. “It is very difficult to step outdoors without a mask. Breathing in this air is equivalent to killing yourself,” said Manisha, a government school child. © Twitter Right at this moment, post the Delhi protest, the city is a lot more aware of the direct consequences of the harmful particles we all are breathing. The mobilisation of thousands, through this protest, created a significant ripple effect and we're more hopeful for an apt resolution in the coming time. We just hope the cure is bigger than the cause in the near future and we wish the future is as malleable and breathable as we imagine it to be. Demanding clean air to breath has become a fundamental right and that's shameful, to say the least! View the full article
  21. Xiaomi has announced the successor to the Mi Air Purifier 2 series with a new device that comes with a few upgrades. It comes with a triple-layer filtration which includes a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter and the primary filter. The addition of the new HEPA filter means that the Air Purifier now comes with added purification that eliminates small particles in the air. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Air Purifier 3 is capable of eliminating 99.97% of small pollutants (PM2.5). The activated carbon filter is capable of eliminating formaldehyde, toxic substances and bad odour in the air. © Xiaomi Xiaomi has launched the Mi Air Purifier 3 for Rs 9,999 and is available to purchase today from mi.com. It is capable of covering rooms as large as 484 square feet and comes with a touchscreen OLED display to control the air purifier and track the AQI readings in the room. The air intake is from all four sides of the air-purifier and it is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. © Xiaomi Xiaomi claims that the Mi Air Purifier 3 “has a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 380m³/h which makes it capable of delivering 6333 litres of purified air every minute with a coverage area of up to 484 square feet." The new purifier by Xiaomi comes at an opportune moment when most of North India has been engulfed by smog. Delhi's pollution levels soared 999 on the air quality index and here's a guide on how to survive this environment in five easy steps. If you are looking for other affordable air purifiers, you can check out our recommendations here. View the full article
  22. People in New Delhi and some other parts of India are currently choking due to dangerous air pollution levels. The toxic skies in India are caused in part by the burning of crops in Punjab. Add to that the toxic fumes thanks to the cracker-bursting during Diwali celebrations and the urban traffic, you find yourself in a toxic gas chamber with extremely high levels of air pollution. And now the World Index has released some data which shows that the people living in India, breathing all the pollution air, may have lost a significant amount of life expectancy. According to the data released by World Index, Indians may have lost an estimated 1.5 years of life expectancy due to the current air pollution levels. Estimated years of life expectancy lost due current air pollution levels ð§ð©Bangladesh: 1.87 ðªð¬Egypt: 1.85 ð³ðªNiger: 1.80 ð¹ð¯Tajikistan: 1.70 ð¦ð«Afghanistan: 1.67 ð³ðµNepal: 1.59 ðµð°PAK: 1.56 ð®ð³India: 1.53 ð¸ð©Sudan: 1.51 ð¦ðªUAE: 1.51 (Health Effects Institute: State of Global Air 2019) — World Index (@theworldindex) November 5, 2019 That may not sound like a huge number, but in hindsight, it's a significant loss. We're not only talking about people who are living in New Delhi here. The current air pollution levels are affecting the people living in other parts too, like Kurukshetra, for instance. It's also worth pointing out that we're not just talking about the adults and children who are suffering right now. We must also consider the unborn children and other life forms entering the world in such adverse conditions. © Reuters And as you can see, India isn't the only country that's currently suffering due to air pollution. Other countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal, Afghanistan, etc. are also suffering, proving that air pollution is a serious issue and must be taken more seriously. Until the air pollution levels go back to the normal state, we highly suggest you stay indoors as much as possible and wear anti-air pollution masks and use air purifiers inside your home too. View the full article
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